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Code Unknown -- The film features several different storylines, all of which intersect periodically throughout the film. The film's opening scene features a brief encounter with four of the main characters.


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Jean, a farm lad, wants to escape his silent father; he runs to Paris to his older brother, Georges... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Juliette Binoche ... Anne Laurent

Thierry Neuvic ... Georges
Josef Bierbichler ... The Farmer (as Sepp Bierbichler)
Alexandre Hamidi ... Jean
Maimouna Hélène Diarra ... Aminate (as Helene Diarra)
Ona Lu Yenke ... Amadou
Djibril Kouyaté ... The Father

Luminita Gheorghiu ... Maria
Crenguta Hariton ... Irina (as Crenguta Hariton Stoica)
Bob Nicolescu ... Dragos

Bruno Todeschini ... Pierre
Paulus Manker ... Perrin
Didier Flamand ... The Director
Walid Afkir ... The Young Arab (as Walide Afkir)
Maurice Bénichou ... The Old Arab
Carlo Brandt ... Henri
Philippe Demarle ... Paul
Marc Duret ... The Policeman

Arsinée Khanjian ... Francine
Florence Loiret Caille ... Amadou's Friend (as Florence Loiret)
Nathalie Richard ... Mathilde
Andrée Tainsy ... Mrs. Becker
Elisabeth Marceul ... Child
Melissande Zeddam ... Child
Brandon Croteau ... Child
Sonia Chauvelin ... Child
Baptiste Gintzburger-Batle ... Child
Sarah Agogue Tasse ... Child
Alexandra Croteau ... Child
Jerome Ferreira ... Child
Melanie Lhote ... Child
José Marques ... Child
Guessi Diakite-Goumdo ... Salimata
Jean-Yves Chatelais ... Shop Owner
Laurent Suire ... Policeman

Féodor Atkine ... Man in Taxi (voice)

Malick Bowens ... Witch Doctor
Ioan Marian Boris ... Nicu
Monica Popa ... Nuta
Ada Navrot ... Florica
Giba Gonçalves ... Percussion Teacher
Dominique Douret ... David

Tsuyu Shimizu ... David's Friend (as Tsuyu Bridwell)
Antoine Mathieu ... Restaurant Waiter
Constantin Barbulescu ... Mihai Popa
Domeke Meite ... Demba

Aïssa Maïga ... Black Girl with Blonde Hair
Marany Fofana ... Youssouf's Sister
Costel Cascaval ... Man in the Garden
Sandu Mihai Gruia ... Group Leader
Daniel Dublet ... Uncle
Boris Napes ... Father in Cemetery
Isabelle Pietra ... Mother in Cemetery
Cristina Ioanidis ... Tatiana
Ion Haiduc ... Man in Squat
Guillaume Morvilliers ... Pierrot
Pascal Loison ... Jolly Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Cullen ... Character portrayal (uncredited)

Michael Haneke ... Unseen Director of Anne's Film (voice) (uncredited)
Irina Lubtchansky ... Camera Assistant (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Haneke 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Haneke 

Produced by
Yvon Crenn .... executive producer
Christoph Holch .... co-producer: ZDF
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Thilo Kleine .... co-producer: Bavaria Film
Titi Popescu .... co-producer: Filmex
Alain Sarde .... producer
Michael Weber .... co-producer: Bavaria Film
Original Music by
Giba Gonçalves 
Cinematography by
Jürgen Jürges 
Film Editing by
Karin Hartusch 
Nadine Muse 
Andreas Prochaska 
Casting by
Kris Portier de Bellair 
Production Design by
Emmanuel de Chauvigny 
Set Decoration by
Laurence Vendroux 
Costume Design by
Françoise Clavel 
Gloria Papura 
Makeup Department
Isabelle Luzet .... key hair stylist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... key makeup artist
Ion Toma .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Bruno Bernard .... unit production manager
David Crenn .... assistant unit manager
Diona Dragnea .... production manager: Romania (as Doina Dragnea)
Nathalie Kreuther .... executive in charge of production
Manuel Recolin .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melia Cerchez Anghel .... assistant director: Romania
Denis Imbert .... assistant director
Arnaud Mathey-Dreyfus .... assistant director
Virgil Nicolaescu .... second assistant director
Alain Olivieri .... first assistant director
Joseph Rapp .... assistant director
Dorel Torcatoru .... assistant director: Romania
Gaëlle Tronquit .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Véronique Barnéoud .... first assistant art director
Gabriel Bucur .... assistant decorator: Romania
Bernard Chenevier .... construction manager
Yann Dury .... carpenter
Corinne Martin .... painter
Calin Papura .... set decorator: Romania
Thomas Pitre .... property master
Olivier Prost .... assistant decorator
Jean-Luc Schwarz .... key painter
Vlad Teodor .... assistant decorator: Romania
Annie Tourriol .... assistant decorator
Ion Vasilescu .... assistant decorator: Romania
Laurence Vendroux .... construction manager
Wouter Zoon .... property master
Sound Department
Franck Cartaut .... fragment sound assistant
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Dominique Eyraud .... boom operator
Eric Ferret .... sound mixer
Judith Guittier .... assistant foley artist
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound mixer
Lionel Lebras .... boom operator: post-synchronisation
Laurent Lévy .... sound effects editor
Nadine Muse .... sound editor
Guillaume Sciama .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Séverine De Wever .... production coordinator
Pierre Foury .... special effects
Daniel Lenoir .... special effects
Benoît Squizzato .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Olivier Poujaud .... digital compositor
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
Daniel Trujillo .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
André Atellian .... key grip (as Andre Attelian)
Sandel Bacalu .... gaffer: Romania
Frédéric Batier .... second assistant camera
Benoît Bayle .... grip
Marion Befve .... second assistant camera
Guy Bordet .... electrician
Carlos Cabeceran .... Steadicam operator
Olivier Cazzitti .... gaffer
Marian Ene .... grip: Romania
Renaud Fidon .... grip
Nicolae Geoana .... electrician: Romania
Jim Howe .... gaffer
Jean-Bernard Josko .... grip
Irina Lubtchansky .... first assistant camera
Jérémie Nassif .... still photographer
George Nicolae .... electrician: Romania
Florin Niculae .... electrician: Romania (as Florin Nicolae)
Gérard Rival .... grip
Marian Sandor .... second assistant camera: Romania
Joel Spinola .... electrician (as Joël Spinola)
Casting Department
Carmen Brezeanu .... extras casting: Romania
Melia Cerchez .... casting: Romania
Claire-Marie Cuvilly-Givert .... extras casting
Evy Figliolini .... extras casting
Valérie Flan .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adina Bucur .... costume assistant: Romania
Germaine Ribel .... costumer
Editorial Department
Yannick Coutheron .... assistant editor
Pierre Réali .... color timer
Other crew
Razvan Constantinescu .... general administrator: Romania
Aline Corneille .... production secretary
Mariana Costea .... production assistant: Romania
Eric Dupressoir .... groupman
Greg Engler .... location consultant: pre-production
Mathilde Incerti .... press attache
Nathalie Kreuther .... production assistant
Lina Martins .... assistant: Juliette Binoche
Chloé Perlemuter .... script supervisor
Gisèle Vuillaume .... production administrator

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Also Known As:
"Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages" - France (original title)
"Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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118 min
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The first scene of the film (following the last opening credit) is a single shot lasting over seven minutes.See more »
Anne Laurent:Look over by the wall. That's the black kid who harassed Jean. Don't let him see...
[abrupt cut]
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Probably one of the more accessible of Haneke's dour, psychological studies, 13 March 2008
Author: Graham Greene from United Kingdom

Code Unknown; Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys (2000) is another of director Michael Haneke's deeply austere and emotionally rigid intellectual probes into the human condition; and the various psychological elements that cause problems, not only in our personal lives and relationships, but in a broader, sociological sense as well. At this point it is perhaps worth noting that the film's essay-like subtitle alludes to the style of the film, which involves a number of long, unbroken shot compositions (some longer than ten minutes) that often end abruptly, with no real sense of resolution.

Presented as a series of loosely connected vignettes that focus on the idea of character interaction as opposed to narrative direction, Code Unknown is a difficult film to appreciate, at least at the level that many of us would probably approach it. One of the main focus points here is the idea of perception; how both we as an audience and the characters in the film perceive the action unfolding from the limited point of view that we've been given. Some good examples of this would include the lengthy and suitably tense scene early on in the story; in which a number of unconnected characters all come together through a seemingly mundane event that ends with a scuffle erupting between a white teenager and a young black man, resulting in both men - and the various onlookers - being arrested. Later, midway through a particularly disconcerting scene, a toddler playing on the balcony of a high-rise apartment slips, all the while watched with horror by his terrified parents who are powerless to do anything. Then finally, towards the end of the film, we watch in eager suspense as a young Arab boy harasses Juliette Binoche's character on a Parisian metro. Throughout the film and these sequences in particular we expect something spectacular and thrilling to happen but it never seems to arrive, until, of course, we realise that 'something' is happening.

As with his most recent film, the highly acclaimed Hidden (2005), there are a number of interesting sequences in Code Unknown, which, on basis of description alone, could easily lead one to believe that they are about to watch a tense, Hollywood thriller. The film obviously couldn't be further removed from this ideal, however, with Haneke once again offering us a dour, colourless psychological study, in which characters crash into one another almost at random and cause a ripple effect that disrupts the order of everything that came before. Clearly, Code Unknown is unconcerned with thrilling the audience, at least, not in the typical sense; with the film never allowing the dramatic tension to build to anything beyond the confines of these various character vignettes that are strung together one by one in order to build up the story. This is a film that wants to enlighten with a raw depiction of everyday life; taking the viewer from moments of deadpan humour (albeit, incredibly low-key humour) to scenes that evoke a feeling of almost crippling desperation. Once again, these techniques are used to mislead the audience into thinking that the film is heading in a different, very "non-Haneke-like" direction, before switching track and confounding us all over again. If you give it some time to really get going, then the results can be oddly thrilling, and - in my opinion - probably more enjoyable and satisfying overall than anything else Haneke has directed.

Still, the film does have that sense of screaming polemic that much of the director's previous work has occasionally descended into; with the loose ends and the experiments in cinematic formalism creating a cold and intellectual exercise that will naturally turn many potential viewers away. A real shame too, because regardless of these distancing intellectual experiments, the direction, photography and acting are superb throughout, and - like The 7th Continent (1994) and Funny Games (1997) - help to weave together a beguilingly tense tapestry of guilt, anger, misery and social despair.

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